Learn from Nature at Permaculture Farm with one of the oldest designed foodforest, Austria



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

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    Help on one of the most powerful places in terms of Permaculture in Europe! The Austrian Foodforest Institute was established in 2016, but we do have an already 30 years old foodforest. Our edible forest garden is situated at the countryside of Wels, the 8th biggest town of Austria. Our edible forest garden was started at the late 1980s by Hans, based on the principles of Permaculture, specially influenced by the ideas of Robert Hard. Our mainfocus is on syntropic foodforestry. Our total land contains 3 ha: our more than 20 years old forest garden on 4.500 m2, an Walnut-Agroforest on 4.000 m2, meadow, orchards, forest and a new established forest garden with Chinampas (600 m2 water surface) on 5.700 m2. The hole farm is runned as an non-profit organisation, we do not get any support from government either from European community.

    We are teaching people in Permaculture since 2007, in 2009 we were conducting the first training for transition (Transition Town Movement) in German language in Austria, we are getting occasionally visitors from all over the world, we are also working together with small-scale farmers in developing countries. We have had WWooFers, Workawayers and volunteers in general several times. Usually we do have up to 7 Volunteers.

    For couples and families it could be difficult because we do have limited space, for our volunteers we do have a big dormitory with bunk beds. We cannot accept dogs (no dogs in the house in general), because we eat our meadow!

    Stay for a minimum of one week, that longer you will stay, that better! We do take you from Sunday late afternoon / Monday morning to Friday evening / Saturday morning. We will find work for anyone skills!
    We are using much as possible from the garden instead of buying. We only cooking for lunch, not for dinner!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are one of the most famous Permaculture Farms in Austria. We do have one of the oldest and well established edible forest gardens under European conditions, In 2019 we will start also a Syntropic Agroforestry for cool Climate! you can get experienced in community living. In Wels you can still feel the heritage of the Roman kingdom. If the weather is fine we are sitting outside on the bonfire.

  • Help


    Actually we would need some people for cleaning old wooden beams, pulling out nails, ... in general we can need any ones help, from experienced Architect to fruit picking ... help in our forest garden, woodwork on our Roundhouse. lots of other things ...

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german, english, un poco de español, kidogo swahili

  • Accommodation


    Dormitorie with bunkbeds, new bathroom, kitchen, if you are comming with campervan or with tent you will find plenty space. We do have warm lunch but no warm dinner! We use what groes on our farm first before buying stuff. We also dont by fake meat products like tofu or saitan!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we are one hour far by train from Salzburg and one and a half far from Vienna, 60 km from the next skifields and from Lakedistrict. We offer a bike to go round. You can reach us from trainstation Wels with the bus No. 13 or 14 from busstand Gärtnerstraße (dont take mainentrance, take the highwalk above the rainways to exit Gärtnerstraße), go to Station Stadlhof (do not stop at Stadlhof Straße this is too early!) from here it is a 5 min. walk! When there is no bus, there is collective taxi, ask for sammeltaxi at railwaystation, or google first, you have to book half an hour before!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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